Here at Rock and Rapid Adventures, we know that climbers are a unique community! When you begin to climb regularly, there are likely to be certain situations that come up again and again. From shouting “send it!” to your climbing partner, to the moment you finally land that dyno move, rock climbing and bouldering is full of quintessential moments… Here are a few you will probably recognise from your time at the climbing wall!

Warming up on the easiest climb on the wall

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Don’t pretend you’re not going to climb it as quickly as physically possible…

Trying to belay your friend on their warm-up climb

So much rope!

Reading the route before a climb like…

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Muttering to yourself and absent-mindedly miming moves… it’s no wonder people think climbers are odd!

How you look whilst chalking up

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Just gotta clap away the excess…

When your belayer says “climb when ready”

Of course you’re ready.

Trying to smear in your oldest, worn-out shoes…

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Is it possible to slip a foot on a smear without letting out a tiny “oop!”?

Every corner climb ever after you learn to bridge

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Discovering the bridge will make you feel unstoppable!

Undoing your rope after it’s been in your bag for one day

It’s worse than headphones!

When your climber chalks up while you’re belaying

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Blink, blink, blow air upwards and keep your eyes peeled.

When your climber yells “take!” for the fifth time

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It’s a give-and-take belaytionship!

When your partner shouts up, “just mantle and high foot, easy!”

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All the more reason to do your stretches before you climb.

Double-checking the grade after getting totally ‘sandbagged’

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“That’s hard for a 6a+!” is probably my most-said phrase at the wall.

The kid that always flashes your problem seconds after you get sandbagged…

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It’s the strength-to-body weight ratio, right?

When you and your buddy start a climb next to each other at the same time

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The unspoken race…

What every door frame looks like after you’ve mastered a fingerboard pull-up…

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Can you resist a cheeky hangboard sesh as you cross the threshold?

How you think you look in the bouldering cave…

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That’s definitely it.

How you actually look…

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Well, at least on the first try!

What you want to do at the wall after a weekend of outdoor bouldering

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How much tape can you fit on one finger?

Every time you pass a rock on a nice family walk

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Geology really does rock.

The temptation to stroke said rock when no-one is looking to see if it “would go”

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It would definitely go..

We’ve all been there. And that’s what’s so great about climbing – it gives you a whole new perspective. Once a climber, always a climber. So why not pop down and visit us at the wall? We’re open from 10am-10pm on weekdays, 10am-6pm on weekends, and we welcome even the most obsessive of climbers!